Re: The Case For: Chris Heisey
Originally Posted by Kc61
Chris' BB/K rate last season was .22. The only Reds hitter who played much and was worse in that area was Cairo. Valdez was tied with .22. (I guess Navaro and Costanzo were worse in that area too.) Stubbs' BB/K rate was better than Heisey's.
Chris walked 4.8 percent of the time last year and fanned 21.6 percent. Lifetime he has fanned 23.8 percent of the time, and walked 5.8 percent.
Not only is his plate discipline poor, but last season he didn't compensate with production. (His OPS was .715.)
Watching Chris last season, he swings at almost everything. And last year was his biggest sample size, his most PAs in his major league career.
Chris will be on the team next year, I wish him lots of success, he plays hard and does well defensively. Hopefully his power will return. And I'm glad he has supporters who come up with threads for him.
But on a team that needs to improve patience and contact at the plate, he has a ways to go.
Despite his K rate and his BB rate, he's been a league average producer. For a fourth OF that can play all three OF positions well, Heisey has a lot of value.
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